Posts Tagged ‘judgment’

18
Mar

WHO CONDEMNS US?

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Who is he that condemns? Shall Christ, that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us?” (Romans 8:34).

Still continuing his legal appeal, Paul asks the question who is it who is going to condemn us for our sin. He is, of course, speaking to Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death for their own sin. Once that’s been accomplished, who now has power to judge us?

Jesus said, in John 5:22, “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son“. If Jesus is in charge of judging, how will He condemn us? He then leads us down a journey of obvious answers; four things that Christ, the Judge, has done for us that are contrary to us feeling condemned.

1) Will “Christ that died” for us condemn us? The answer is obvious. He paid the price of sin (death) so we could live.

2) Will “Christ…that is risen again” condemn us? Of course not. He rose from the dead so that we could have hope of life after death. That’s why we’ll celebrate Easter in two weeks.

3) Will “Christ…who sits at the the right hand of God” condemn us? No way. No one is closer to Father God than Jesus. And He died for us.

4) Will “Christ…who also makes intercession for us” condemn us? How absurd to think that Christ would be praying for us on the one hand while He condemns us on the other.

So, if there is no one to condemn us, then we are free from condemnation. That takes us full circle back to Romans 8:1 when Paul introduced this whole topic by saying: “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus“. We now see that the whole of Romans 8 was really an explanation of how we stand with God and what we can expect from Him. Powerful revelation of the impact of our salvation. We’re not condemned, so we are wide open to the blessings of God in our lives. Receive and live.

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25
Jul

THE HORSE TRADER

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There is a Jewish legend about a rabbi who went on a journey with his servant named Jacob. Their cart was drawn by a lively horse of which the rabbi was very fond. When they came to a roadside inn, the rabbi went in to rest, leaving his horse in Jacob’s care. In the meantime, a horse trader passed by and, seeing Jacob, soon made friends with him. He plied him with drink and Jacob soon was so intoxicated it was easy for the horse trader to induce him to sell him the horse for a song.

Although drunk, Jacob was frightened by what he had done. What would the rabbi say when he came out of the inn? An idea occurred to him. He placed himself between the empty shafts of the cart and started to chew hay. When the rabbi came out, he was struck speechless by what he saw. “What’s the meaning of this?” he stammered. “Where’s the horse?”

“The horse? That’s me!” replied Jacob, and he uttered a loud whinny. “What on earth are you doing?” murmured the rabbi. “Have you gone out of your mind?” “Don’t be angry with me, Rabbi,” pleaded his servant, Jacob. “Years ago a great misfortune happened to me. I was a young man then, a little wild and foolish, and, may God forgive me, I sinned with a woman. So to punish me, God turned me into a horse – your horse. For twenty long years you have been my master, Rabbi, little suspecting who I really was. Well, it seems my punishment is over. I’m again a man, praise God!”

When the Rabbi heard Jacob’s story he was amazed. However, there was the practical difficulty of how he could continue his journey without a horse, so he went into the market place to buy one. Suddenly, he stood face to face with his old horse. It was munching a wisp of hay at the horse trader’s. Going up to it with a frown, the rabbi whispered in its ear, “For goodness sake, Jacob! Again, so soon!”

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6
Jun

JUDGMENT CALL

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A man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, “Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”

The man groaned but didn’t budge. The usher became impatient and said, “Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”

The man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and marched briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager. In a few minutes, both the usher and the manager returned and tried to remove the fellow with no success. Finally, they summoned the police.

The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked, “All right, buddy, what’s your name?”

“Sam,” the man moaned.

“Where are you from, Sam?”

With pain in his voice, Sam replied, “The balcony.”

Ooh. Sometimes we make judgment calls upon people who are just so bound up in sin that they can’t move. We’re not called to condemn, but to rescue.

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18
Feb

ALL THESE THINGS

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When I was about Tom Sawyer’s age there was genius advertising campaign someone came up with. They designed an advertising flyer for some event and arranged to have it dropped all over the town of Butler from a small airplane. I was out riding my bicycle with some friends when the drop happened. It was absolutely beautiful to see all those 8½ x 11 papers floating down from the sky. Absolutely brilliant advertising idea!

But the pilot was a little less than genius. When he dropped those hundreds of beautiful pieces of paper, the wind carried them blocks to the northeast where they dropped over open fields in what is now the Eastside High School and Maxton’s Park area.

My bicycle buddies and I ran into the fields to retrieve our booty. Hours later we had gathered stacks and stacks of advertisements. It was so cool! Then someone asked the obvious question, “What are we going to do with all these?” We were so excited about harvesting what seemed so valuable that we never asked the question, “Why?”

I think life can be like that. We can manically race around trying to get all we can get. Then, when we have to give account for our lives on judgment day, we will look back over what we have and ask the obvious question, “Why?” Did all that stuff really matter when we could have much more wisely invested our time and talent.

Ask yourself the question, “What are we going to do with all these?”

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16
Dec

PRAIRIE FIRE

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Evangelist Dwight L. Moody used the following illustration to describe ‘Redemption’:

“Out in the Western country, in the autumn, when men go hunting, and there has not been any rain for months, sometimes the prairie grass catches fire, and there comes up a very strong wind, and the flames just roll along twenty feet high, and travel at the rate of thirty or forty miles an hour, consuming man and beast. When the hunters see it coming, what do they do? They know they cannot run as fast as the fire can run. Not the fleetest horse can escape. They just take a match and light the grass around them, and let the flames sweep, and then they get into the burnt district and stand safe. They hear the flames roar as they come along, they see death coming toward them, but they do not fear, they do not tremble, because the fire has swept over the place where they are, and there is no danger. There is nothing for the fire to burn.

“There is one mountain that the wrath of God has swept over – that is, Mount Calvary; and the fire spent its fury upon the bosom of the Son of God. Take your stand by the cross, and you will be safe for time and eternity.”

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9
Dec

TRADE-OFFS

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Life is full of trade-offs. Today’s poor choices are a down payment on tomorrow’s problems. It’s all part of living with the law of God that says we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

That was true of a 30-year old Mississippi resident. A conviction for felony drunk driving resulted in his getting a 15-year prison sentence. The judge then suspended 14 years of the sentence if the man would honor the terms of a 1-year house arrest.

The trade-off was simple: Stay home and out of trouble for 1 year instead of going to prison for 15. But the man didn’t like being cooped up, so he went fishing – driving with a suspended license to get there. He was arrested and the judge threw him in prison. The fishing trip cost him many years of freedom.

What trade-off lessons have you learned?

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7
Jun

THE UMPIRE

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Someone’s got to be in charge. Umpires and Referees are important in any competition to make sure rules are abided by on both sides. Once when Babe Pinelli, the renowned baseball umpire, called Babe Ruth, the even more renowned baseball slugger, out on strikes, Ruth objected, “There’s 40,000 people here who know that last one was a ball, tomato head.”

Pinelli replied with measured stateliness, “Maybe so, but mine is the only opinion that counts.” And, in baseball, he was right.

That’s true in real life, as well. Paul said, “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day” (2 Timothy 4:8). Only God’s opinion counts in the end. Do you have such confidence?

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